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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Child, Family, or School Social Workers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $36K per year. Earnings sit near $26K on the lower side but can approach $54K per year on the higher side. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Child, Family, or School Social Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Child, Family, or School Social Workers (87 percent) who participated in the survey are women. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,704 - $56,346
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$56K
MEDIAN: $36,007
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$10.08 - $24.52
(Median)
$10
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,704 - $56,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,515  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,996 - $54,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $24.52  
   
Overtime
$7.93 - $49.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,515  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$25,996 - $54,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119

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Job Description for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Child, family, or school social workers help support children who may be at risk due to circumstances at home, school, or other environments. As advocates for the children, the social worker acts as a liaison between various institutions, families, and the child. Typically, the social worker either identifies an at-risk child or is called in by some authority that has made this determination. The social worker works with the family to help create the best environment for the child, while assessing all health and psychological risks. Social workers in a school environment are typically charged with determining which students may be at risk and work with other teachers and counselors to aid the student and administer testing to help fully diagnose the extent of the student's needs.

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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Tasks

  • Work with parents, teachers, community organizations, internal partners, etc. on behalf of clients.
  • Carry out various administrative tasks in support of client service.
  • Address client needs (mental, social, educational, etc.) on an individual basis.

Common Career Paths for Child, Family, or School Social Worker


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Child, Family, or School Social Workers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Non-Profit Executive Director. The latter position pays an average of $59K annually. Child, Family, or School Social Workers most often move into positions as Licensed Clinical Social Workers or MSW Social Workers; those groups report median salaries that are $16K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Child, Family, or School Social Workers who took the survey. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 3 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Case Management to be familiar with Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Child, Family, or School Social Workers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $34K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $37K. For Child, Family, or School Social Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $55K.

Child, Family, or School Social Worker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Child, Family, or School Social Worker in Phoenix:
"How much time you spend driving."
Be patient, let clients tell their story. Don't judge. Be there for them.

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Experience Affects Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries


Case Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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